Most individuals with substance abuse problems don’t get the treatment they need. As Morgan Freeman’s rehab counselor character in the movie Clean and Sober said, “The best way to break old habits is to make new ones.” Rehab is all about breaking those old “maladaptive” habits and establishing a new healthier routine. Freeman’s process in many ways resembles a real life physician Carl Rogers, whose book Client-Centered Therapy’s discusses his philosophy that people tend to move toward growth and healing. The philosophy is that successful therapy is contingent on a patient/therapist relationship grounded in empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness.

Although it is known that cocaine exposure changes the brain’s dopamine regulation, the addiction to cocaine is largely a psychological rather than physiological addiction. Sometimes chemical imbalances are involved, which make a purely psychological approach infeasible. At any rate, the chemical dependency is actually known to lead the addicted individual to do things they might not otherwise do, hence leading to lives of crime and disrepute. There’s a frightening collection of psychiatric problems related to cocaine abuse. The only chance to break free from the hold of the drug is through undergoing rehabilitation.

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Depending on the course of addiction, cocaine rehab may involve medical treatment as well as psychological procedures, everything from involuntary residential treatment to support groups. Substance abuse programs use different methods to treat the human impact of addiction; and they also try to plan and implement a support system into the patient’s life, helping to ensure that recovery process is sustained on a day to day basis.

Aspects of addiction treatment all lead to one hopeful conclusion: the user becoming a non-user, and reaching a state of perpetual abstinence.